Q:
Can you maybe give us a list of pros and cons for Google Chrome? Thanks!

A:
Great idea! I know there has been a lot of hype the past couple of weeks about the new Web browser from Google called Google Chrome. Yes, it’s great to finally have a browser from Google, but along with the excitement, people are having some reservations. So, yes, the best thing to do is put together a list of pros and cons for the browser and you all can decide for yourselves. We’re going to start with the pros today and we’ll then go over the cons in tomorrow’s newsletter. Okay, let’s get busy!

Pros

1.) Google Chrome will not crash. Everything within the browser runs on its own, so you won’t have to deal with bad Web sites or browser crashes. That also adds a little more security, because it isolates everything into its own environment.

2.) Google Chrome is really fast. Again, since everything works on its own, one slow Web site won’t drag the rest of your work down. You can just go to another tab or window and be on your way!

3.) Google Chrome is unnoticeable (in a good way!) The interface for Google Chrome is perfectly streamlined, so you won’t even know you’re in a Web browser. Most of your window space is devoted to the Web site you’re visiting, so there are no big buttons, etc. taking up all your room.

4.) Google Chrome makes searching easier. One of the main features in Google Chrome is Omnibox, which is basically an all-purpose bar located at the top of the browser that you can use to search for something or to find a Web site. All you have to do is type in a URL or a search term and it will do the rest of the work for you. Omnibox also remembers the sites you’ve visited and suggests others you might like.

5.) Google Chrome gives you more tab control. Tabbed browsing is taken to the next level with Google Chrome. You can drag and drop your tabs, you can combine them together, you can set up your own configurations and so much more!

6.) Google Chrome livens up your homepage. The Google Chrome homepage is very dynamic and like I said before about the Omnibox feature, it will remember the Web sites you’ve been to so that you can revisit them with ease. It also compiles a list of your favorite top nine sites and displays them on the homepage. Of course, you can change your top nine at any time, but that’s just another example of how Google Chrome makes your life easier!

7.) Google Chrome keeps you private. Along with everything else, Google Chrome also offers a private browsing option. It’s called Incognito and it basically sets up a browsing area for you that is away from everything else on your computer. You get your own private window to search with, which keeps your information as private as possible.

Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?! I know we haven’t gotten into the cons for Google Chrome yet, but the seven pros above will give you something to think about before tomorrow’s edition of the newsletter. We’ll delve right into the cons first thing tomorrow, so be sure to stay tuned!

~ Erin